In Memory

Ray McNeely

Ray McNeely



July 26, 1948 ~ January 9, 2017

Ray Galen McNeely, passed away at home surrounded by his family on January 9, 2017, after a courageous nine-year battle with cancer.

He was born in Rupert, Idaho, on July 26, 1948, to Raymond and Pauline McNeely. He grew up in Ogden and attended Bonneville High School, Class of 1966. He first joined the Navy Reserve in 1965. After graduating high school he joined the United States Marine Corps.

Serving as a Marine for over 13 years, he was stationed at various Marine Corps posts including Cuba and Asia, earning the distinction of Marine of the year, 1971 in Okinawa, Japan. He served as a Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant and Drill Instructor at Paris Island, South Carolina from 1975 to 1977.

Upon completion of his military service, he joined his father in the family business, McNeely Sales and Warehousing. His dedication and commitment to the company his father started, continued until his death.

In addition to the continuing success of McNeely Sales, he also served as President of Nordic Valley Ski Resort from 1998 to 2003.

On May 20, 2000, he married his best friend and love of his life, Barbara Jo Allen. Their love and devotion to one another weathered the most difficult times and, even upon death, could not be broken.

Ray is survived by his wife, Barbara; one sister, Cristi Ann (Jeff) Salerno, Pueblo, Colorado; three sons: Jake Shannon (Ruth Ann); Raymond McNeely (Leslie); and Michael McNeely (Tiffany); daughter, Lori Ann Blau (Josh); stepsons: Robert Carmichael (Chris) and Richard Carmichael (Deana) and stepdaughter, Jillian Gerber; 14 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter on the way.

Barbara's husband, our father, brother and uncle, had an exemplary work ethic. He had a life-long passion for camping, fishing, hunting and shooting sports. He will forever be remembered as a sportsman and patriot with an unwavering dedication to his family and his country.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends may visit with family on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. He will be laid to rest at the Ben Lomond Cemetery, North Ogden where military honors will be accorded.

There are not enough thanks that can be given to his wife, Barbara. Her tireless efforts taking care of him, from his first diagnosis to his final moments, will always be remembered and cherished.

A special thanks to Dr. Carl Gray and the entire staff at Utah Hematology Oncology for their care and treatment over the last nine years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one or more of the following organizations; The American Cancer Society, The National Rifle Association, The Wounded Warrior Project or the Utah 10-33 Foundation.

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01/22/17 09:14 PM #1    

Bill Green

Great memories of crazy things we used to do ... I will miss you Ray!!!

01/23/17 10:48 AM #2    

Ronald Jones (Jones)

It is hard to see old friends in the obituary, lots of great memories!

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